Johnathon is an editorial photographer working on long-form projects related to history and race in the American South. 
Raised in the Florida Panhandle, Kelso now lives with his wife and two children just outside of Atlanta in Decatur, Georgia.

Permanent Collections

The Johnathon Kelso Alabama Sacred Harp Collection, Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, AL

Solo Exhibitions
Sweet Communion: The Johnathon Kelso Alabama Sacred Harp Collection, Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, AL Feb 2018
I Want to Die A-Shouting, The Ventulett Gallery, Atlanta, GA May 2017
Georgia Avenue Community Ministry Project, Mason Fine Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA, April 2017
I Want to Die A-Shouting, Slow Exposures, Zebulon, GA, September 2016
Highways and Byways: A Southern Revelation, One Twelve Gallery, Atlanta, GA, August 2014
I Want to Die A-Shouting, Twist Art Gallery, Nashville, TN, September 2013

Group Exhibitions
Slow Exposures: Celebrating Photography of the Rural South, Cochran Gallery, Lagrange GA, Sept. 2016
Atlanta Photography Group Gallery, Mary Stanley Selects, Atlanta, GA, October 2015
Slideluck Photo Exhibition, Ambient + Studio, Atlanta, GA, October 2012
Three Squared Gallery, Grounded, Nashville, TN, December 2011

In Print / 2017-2019
The New York Times, Stacey Abrams, After Narrow Loss, Has Some Decisions to Make, March 5, 2019
The New York Times, Where Books Meet Black Mecca, February 9, 2019
The New York Times, Stocking Up at an Airline’s Garage Sale, January 16, 2019
The Wall Street Journal, The Loneliest Job In a Tight Labor Market, December 19, 2018
PDN Magazine, A Song Without Words, This Was America, November 1, 2018
The Bitter Southerner, A Song Without Words, October 23, 2018
The New York Times, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, 20 Years Later, October 20, 2018
The New York Times, A Last Hope for Truth in a Mass Lynching, October 7, 2018
The New York Times, Geoffrey Owens Has a Second Wind. Where Will It Take Him? September 19, 2018
NPR, For Older Voters, Getting The Right ID Can Be Especially Tough, September 7, 2018
The New York Times, As TV Seeks Diverse Writing Ranks, Rising Demand Meets Short Supply, September 2, 2018
BuzzFeed News, 7 Photo Stories That Will Help You See The World A Little Differently, August 31, 2018
TIME Magazine, How the South Memorializes — and Forgets — Its History of Lynching, August 28, 2018
The Bitter Southerner, In the Hate of Dixie, August 28, 2018
Bloomberg Businessweek, What’s Holding Back Wages in America?, August 22, 2018
The New York Times, Bombed by the K.K.K. A Friend of Rosa Parks, August 17, 2018
The Financial Times, Karin Slaughter: A View From Atlanta, August 8, 2018
TIME Magazine, 31 People Who Are Changing the South, July 28, 2018
DieZeit, High School in Alabama: What Has Become of You, July 26, 2018
Playboy, Check in to New Old (and Naughty) Atlanta at Hotel Clermont, June 11, 2018
The New York Times, Slow Dancing Their Way Out of Arguments, June 5, 2018
The New York Times, A Memorial to the Lingering Horror of Lynching, June 1, 2018
The New York Times, How Student Debt Can Ruin Home Buying Dreams, May 25, 2018
The New York Times, Eddie Hernandez Doesn’t Care if His Food Isn’t ‘Authentic’, April 9, 2018
The Guardian, I Was Shot Five Times, April 6, 2018
Bloomberg Businessweek, What Record-Low Unemployment Looks Like in America, March 15, 2018
TOPIC, The 75-Year (and Counting) Christian Interracial Farm Experiment, Feb 27, 2018
WABE News, More Than 1,500 Rally For Georgia Lawmakers To Regulate Guns, February 26, 2018
The New York Times, ‘Good Girls’, They’re the Criminal Moms Next Door, February 23, 2018
The New York Times, ... #BillionDollarLawyer Is Looking Out for Your Favorite Rappers, February 8, 2018
The New York Times, A Play About Race and Memory, With Fresh Wounds All Around, January 21, 2018
The New York Times, Arab and Coming Out In Art That Speaks Up, January 12, 2018
The New York Times, Black Lightning - Salim Akil, January 9, 2018
Bloomberg Businessweek, America’s Worst Graveyard Shift.. - Cover Story, December 29, 2017
The Undefeated, At the Celebration Bowl, the Drum Majors Led the Way, December 16, 2017
The New York Times, Thank Heaven for...Alabama?, December 12, 2017
The New York Times, Quality Control Is Taking it Global, November 21, 2017
The Bitter Southerner, The South’s Ellis Island, October 10, 2017
The New York Times, A Tupac Musical Gets a Second Chance, August 31, 2017
Politico Magazine, Dog the Bounty Hunter Hits the Campaign Trail, August 2, 2017
Bloomberg Businessweek, The Retired Couple That Made Uber More Senior Friendly, July 10, 2017
FiveThirtyEight, The Health Care System is Leaving the Southern Black Belt Behind, June 28, 2017
The New York Times, Harper Lee’s Letters, April 29, 2017
FiveThirtyEight, Patterns of Death in the South Still Show the Outlines of Slavery, April 20, 2017
The Bitter Southerner, As God is My Witness, April 11, 2017
Bloomberg Businessweek, The New Detroit - Cover Story, April 2017